Will Giannis Antetokounmpo Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks: Team News, Lineups, and Predictions

Published 03/11/2021, 12:30 PM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis (9) reacts with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) after dunking against the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports


The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to New York to face the Knicks tonight. The Milwaukee Bucks have had an inconsistent season so far. They were the team with the best record last season, but the Bucks have now struggled to replicate that form. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo will be motivated coming into the game, after his MVP-winning performance in the NBA All-Star game.

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The Knicks, on the other hand, have been a real surprise this season. Under new head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Knicks are above .500 so far this season. Julius Randle has been playing some of the best basketball of his career. He was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, and will hope to lead the Knicks to a playoff position this season.

With that being said, here is everything you need to know before the Bucks take on the Knicks.

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Milwaukee Bucks – Team News

Jan 9, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) celebrates with guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without some bench players. Mamadi Diakite and Jordan Nwora have been ruled out against New York, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday could take the court again tonight.

Predicted Lineup: Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez

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New York Knicks – Team News

Jan 22, 2021; Sacramento, California, USA; New York Knicks forward Julius Randle (30) reacts after making a basket while being fouled against the Sacramento Kings in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks will be without former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, due to COVID-19 protocols. Furthermore, Austin Rivers, Taj Gibson, and Mitchell Robinson are also ruled out for the game against Milwaukee. Luckily, Julius Randle will be available for the Knicks for this game along with RJ Barrett.

Predicted Lineup: Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, Reggie Bullock, Nerlens Noel

Milwaukee Bucks vs New York Knicks – Prediction

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Jan 29, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) has a shot blocked by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) as center Brook Lopez (11) also defends during the second quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Both teams are looking for a playoff position this season. And while the Bucks haven’t lived up to expectations, they are still one of the best teams in the East. And with the injury concerns that New York has been dealing with, the Bucks will expect to get the win without too many complications.

Prediction: Despite the Knicks playing hard, the Bucks get the big win.

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Who will win between the Bucks and the Knicks? Both teams will need an important win as they will look to secure a playoff spot going forward. But with a Thibodeau team like the Knicks, things will be very difficult for Milwaukee regardless of the outcome.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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